Friday, May 12, 2023

Starbucks announced it was closing its stores in Ithaca, so students have demanded Cornell stop selling Starbucks drinks on campus

WSKG on the announcement:

Just over a year ago, workers at all three of Ithaca’s Starbucks locations voted to unionize, making it the first city in the country to have all-unionized stores

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A spokesperson for Starbucks said that the decision to close the stores did not have to do with union membership

Cornell Daily Sun:

In response to the announcement that all Ithaca-based Starbucks locations will be permanently closed by May 26, student organizers and Starbucks employees occupied Day Hall on Thursday, May 11 to urge Cornell to end its relationship with Starbucks.

On both North and Central Campuses, most Cornell dining halls and caf├ęs serve Starbucks brand beverages.

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Organizers discussed expanding the number of locations offering Gimme! Coffee — which is currently sold at Bill and Melinda Gates Hall